Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part interview with rapper, pastor, and author Trip Lee about his latest projects, his thoughts on U.S. Christianity, his new church plant, and his perspectives on race as a black man in America. Read part two here: Popular Christian Rapper Talks Race, the Church, and Why It Could've Been Him.
Rapper Trip Lee, born William Lee Barefield III, seems to have many things going on — a new book, a top-charting album, and a new church he's helping to plant in Atlanta. Yet, the married father of two insists he's a pretty boring guy.
Lee's also kicking of a tour at the end of January for his fifth and latest LP, Rise, which debuted Oct. 27 at No. 2 on Billboard's Rap Albums chart and No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart, in addition to charting strong in other categories. more >>
Ministers have always been at the forefront of leading America, calling upon God for mercy, guidance, wisdom, and revival. Historically, they led both in and out of the pulpit—spawning the American Revolution, opposing slavery and organizing the Underground Railroad, actively registering people to vote, supporting civil rights, prison reform, and poverty legislation, and fighting in war and/or serving as military chaplains. Because every area of life is political, ministers have and continue to engage with politicians and hold elected office themselves.
For some reason, a false distinction has been made that presupposes Christianity or any other faith cannot appeal to a "secular" government. Truth is artificially separated, as if different methods exist to determine morality or ethics between the secular or the religious, contributing to the false understanding that exists today about what the "separation of church and state" means.
American laws indisputably were largely derived from Judeo-Christian principles. In fact, America would not have existed were it not for Protestant ministers who sought to protect a new nation from becoming a theocracy. more >>
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper joined talk show host Ellen Degeneres this week in a growing chorus of gay advocates who've taken umbrage to a recent op-ed on the gay agenda by cultural commentator and pastor Larry Tomczak published in The Christian Post.
"I've never actually been to the secret meeting where the gays plot their agenda, though I imagine the catering is quite amazing. But thanks to someone named Larry Tomczak my eyes have been opened. Larry says there's an avalanche sweeping across our society today. It's not a trickle, it's a tsunami," began Cooper in his takedown of Tomczak's piece on a segment of his show on CNN called The Ridiculist.
"The indoctrination and propaganda coming from those advocating a gay lifestyle in our country, classrooms and culture are increasing. All of us need to take note and take action to guard those we love," Cooper highlighted from Tomczak's op-ed. more >>
DeVon Franklin recently appeared on "The Real" talk show where he revealed that he and his wife would release a relationships book this year.
Franklin, the 36-year-old husband, Hollywood executive and Seventh-day Adventist minister, is married to popular Christian actress Meagan Good. Since exchanging vows in 2012, the couple have been vocal about their union and events leading up to it.
Now that they are working to release a relationship book, Franklin expressed his excitement about the venture. more >>
Jason Nelson has made a name for himself in the gospel music industry for 10 years, but the preacher, singer and songwriter believes his latest album is a divine assignment during a time when Christianity is becoming increasingly unpopular.
Nelson, 40, is the pastor at The Tabernacle at Greater Bethlehem Temple in a thriving ministry in Randallstown, Maryland. Still, the preacher has found time to step out of the pulpit and release albums like "I Shall Live" in 2005, "Place Of Worship" in 2008 and "Shifting the Atmosphere" in 2012.
On Jan 20., Nelson released "Jesus Revealed," an album that he believes stands out from his previous bodies of work. When speaking to The Christian Post, Nelson explained the difference between his latest project and the others. more >>
President Barack Obama is set to visit Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday, the hometown of pastor Saeed Abedini, who's serving eight years in prison in Iran for his faith. Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, has pleaded with Obama to meet with her so that she can ask him for her husband's release.
"My heart leapt with hope when I heard that you would be visiting my hometown of Boise, Idaho. Since the Iranian government took my husband, Saeed Abedini, almost three years ago, I have been praying and wanting to meet with you," Naghmeh Abedini wrote in a letter ahead of Obama's visit.
"With each of my travels to Washington D.C. I hoped that I would get a call, or an invitation to see you and to speak with you. To have you look into my eyes and see the piercing pain that has been there since my husband's imprisonment; to see my kids and to know that they have missed the warm embrace of their dad for nearly three years." more >>